Chevrolet Silverado Wins Truck of the Year Award

    January 19, 2014
    Courtney Wills
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General Motors recently swept the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards in Detroit, Michigan with their Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Silverado, taking top honors for the 2014 year. The double-win for GM was the first time a company has produced the winning vehicles for both categories.

The win in the truck/utility category this year won General Motors their fourth award for one of their trucks. It was the second time the Chevy Silverado won the award, which also claimed the victory in 2007.

The Silverado 1500 HD, worth around $50,000, won the competition with 219 points; it was followed by the Jeep Cherokee who had 174 points, and the Acura MDX (97 points).

The system for choosing a winner is based on factors such as innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value of the vehicle. Points are given to each contender by a panel of 49 judges, made up of automotive experts and journalists from the U.S. and Canada. The judges this year hailed from companies and media outlets such as Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Kelley Blue Book, Playboy, Popular Mechanics and Automotive Engineering International.

The NACOTY awards is currently in its 21st year, naming cars and trucks manufactured in North America, Japan, or Europe with either the Car or Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year. Domestic vehicles have won 14 times, followed by Japanese-produced automobiles, which have won four times. The only requirements for consideration are that the vehicle must be brand new to the market or considerably different in its design.

The General Motors-produced Corvette Stingray won in the car category at the awards this year, being given an overall score of 211 points. The Stingray was followed closely by the Mazda 3, which had 185 points, and the Cadillac CTS with 94 points.

The global head of Chevrolet, Alan Batey, said of the company’s double win, “Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive product transformation in the brand’s more than 100-year history. It is a distinct honor for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette and Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.”

The Chevy Silverado won this year partly because of its innovative design, which boasts a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8, which gives the pickup the ability to automatically shift to operating on 4 cylinders in order to conserve fuel with its cylinder deactivation technology. The fuel economy of the Silverado is the best of any V-8 on the market, getting an EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway.

Main image courtesy @chevrolet via Twitter.

  • Martin Carluccio

    Hmm. where to start. It never runs on 4 cylinders; the weight of a feather kicks it back up to 8. It gets 10-12 mpg city if you’re lucky. Oh yeah, lets not forget most importantly the incessant vibrations felt through the seats and steering wheel shimmy at practically any speed, but most pronounced at 69-71 started at about 5000k miles; and the best part is…….the dealers can’t fix it and I had to get a lawyer and file a lemon law case…..fuel gauge just started to read incorrectly today as well. All this at 8 months old and less than 9000k miles……Truck of the year my butt. More like piece of crap of the year. Did I forget the warped rotors front and drums out of round as well…..drums, seriously, on a 2013 vehicle drum brakes. Because of this truck I will never purchase another Chevy ever again.

    • paul kerley

      The brakes are junk castings from China. The Chinese can’t seem to manufacture anything of quality. If I had a company, I wouldn’t do business with them for anything.

  • Rodrian Roadeye

    At 50 grand this thing is an overpriced disaster waiting to happen. The web is full of owner’s problems, and for this truck to win someone was on peyote.

    • dale crow

      sounds like ur a ford lover lover chevys r will better built I run them in my fleet and never had trouble with them at all

      • Harry

        I bought a 2500 HD in 2003 with a 6.0 gas engine, and never had a prolem with it. It has 325,000 miles on the vehicle with original engine and all lt has had done is regular oil chanes,two sets of pads on front brakes and one brake job on rear. my son has had three ford 3500 diesels,6.0,6.4, and on a 6.7 now and none have gotten over 100,000 miles without engine trouble or torque converter problems or something inside the engines. I learned my lesson on the ford garbage with the last 2 I owned before going to chevy’s. No more ford’s will I ever own.Say what you will but if you tell me you have a ford with 200,000 miles and no engine problems or torque cnverter problems(diesel or gas)you won’t be telling the truth.I’ll Just right you up as another diehard ford fan that won’t admit the cold hard facts!!!

  • D Beam

    Purchased a 2014 in September and it is the smoothest and quietest truck I have owned. Fuel mileage has averaged 17 – 18mpg city/highway. Truck is very easy and comfortable to drive. Apparently much improved over the previous years.

  • Russ

    The depreciation on the truck is evidently as bad as a Dodge. I bought a silverado that was 2 model years old, had less than 10K miles on it, one owner, and gave 25K for it. In 2011 the truck listed for over 43K. Today you are a fool to buy any vehicle brand new. They depreciate faster than you can pay for them, and the manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank.

  • prof.paulnugent

    I bought 1979 GM pickup had, it for 10 years, then bought new 1989 GM pickup and had it for about, 10 years,if you lined my tqo trucks up beside the 2015 truck, they’d all look the same